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Counties given one month ultimatum or have accounts frozen

Okilipa Xaviour
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Hon.Florence Kajuju, the Ombudsman chairperson. [Source: @KenyasOmbudsman/Twitter]

The County governments, government ministries and state corporations have been put on notice by the Ombudsman Kenya over the tenders and contracts they have issued out in the recent past.

The Ombudsman sent out a statement saying all public entities had been given 30 days to disclose information regarding award tender awards to the public.

The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ) threatened to write to the national treasury CS Henry Rotich seeking to freeze their accounts on grounds that the departments have not been transparent with their work.

"We’re allowed by law to write to the National Treasury and tell them there is no point of releasing resources to counties because they operate in secrecy," the commission chairperson Florence Kajuju warned.

She spoke at the launch of the access to information publications report on January 31, 2019  in Nairobi.

Kajuju also threatened to name public institutions that will fail to make public procurement information to the public as required by the constitution.

"If they do not do that we will use the powers we have and write to Treasury and tell them there is no need to release funds to counties because they are not transparent with their endeavors," stated Kajuju.

The warning by the ombudsman comes after a report disclosed that public offices especially counties are the greatest breachers of the constitution on the right to information.

Whereas most of the websites of different government departments have information on tender advertisements, they do not contain extra details of the tenders issued, awarded contractors, amounts allocated and time frames.

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